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“My Name is Bread” – Thursday in Holy Week

Originally posted on subversivepreacher:

“My name is ‘Bread.’”

Lectionary Link for Holy Thursday: http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=34

He called himself, “Bread.”
We argue over all the things that others called him
and whether he called himself those things or not,
but we are quite sure
he called himself, “Bread.”

Not “The Rock” – that was Peter.
Not a “son of Thunder” – that was the Zebedee Boys.

All those other names circulate in controversy
ringing and zinging
in debates between scholars and theologians
and ordinary old Christians like you and me:
“Way, truth, and life”
“Son of David”
“Son of Man”
“Son of God”
“Lamb of God”
“Shepherd”
“Messiah…”

But we know what he called himself for sure,
and he did it on the night before he died…
when he was pretty sure it was the last time
he could ask for anything
from his friends.

“Call me, ‘Bread’,” he said.

“Bread,”
and not just any bread:

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They went to a place called Gethsemane…

Mark 14:32-42 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.” 35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” 39 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. 40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him. 41 Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

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